More donations needed for annual patriotic event
By Diana Garrett
April 9, 2011 (Julian)--The Julian Fourth of July Parade Committee raised over $800 at a fundraiser held at Wynola Pizza on March 28, putting the committee halfway to its goal of raising $6500 from its new corporate sponsorship program. More than 75 people from all walks of life enjoyed themselves at the event while supporting the parade, which Julian has presented for nearly 20 Independence days.
pril 6, 2011 (San Diego) – Col. Ann Wright, one of the nation’s most prominent peace activists, will speak this evening from 7-9 p.m. at San Diego State University in Hepner Hall 100.
Wright spent 13 years in the U.S. Army and 16 additional years in the Army Reserves, retiring as a Colonel. On March 19, 2003, the eve of the U.S invasion of Iraq, she cabled a letter of resignation to Secretary of State Colin Powell, stating that without the authorization of the UN Security Council, the invasion and occupation would be a violation of international law. Since then, she has been writing and speaking out for peace.
JEANS FOR JAPAN: SDSU SPORT CLUBS COLLECTS PANTS THROUGH "CLOTHES FOR SOULS" PROGRAM APRIL 4-18, 2011
SDSU and San Diego residents are invited to participate by donating gently worn jeans
March 28, 2011 (San Diego) – For a limited time, Clothes4Souls and SDSU Sport Clubs will be collecting gently worn jeans to ship to a person in need, whether they are victims of a natural disaster or subject to living in extreme poverty. Beginning April 4,2011, clothes will be collected as part of the SDSU Sport Clubs Jeans for Japan.
For more information about the campaign and SDSU Sport Clubs please visit http://arc.sdsu.edu/sportclubs/index.php. Scroll down for details:
By Dave Patterson
March 27, 2011 (San Diego) There are now about 4,000 homeless folks in San Diego County, with many of them located downtown on the streets. Many of them are the "newly homeless" and have nothing other than the clothes that they are wearing. The nights can be very cold and wet.
San Diego Veterans For Peace, a local 501-C-3 veterans educational organization, has created a "Compassion Campaign" to provide the homeless downtown with a set of a sleeping bag, poncho, and nylon stuff sack, which will help make their life immensely better while they are homeless.
Total contribution includes matching program for team member donations to
American Red Cross; public donations also encouraged
March 27, 2011 (San Diego) –Wells Fargo & Company and its team members will contribute up to $1.5 million to victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The company announced March 15 that it would immediately contribute $500,000 to the American Red Cross to support the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund. In addition, Wells Fargo will match contributions from its team members dollar-for-dollar, up to $500,000.
“Wells Fargo and its employees – including those in the East County - will contribute as much as $1.5 million to victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan,” said Amy Savicky Injaian, communications consultant for Southern California Regional Banking and California Business Banking in San Diego.
March 25, 2011 (El Cajon)--At the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Center this week, the 2011 Ambassadors for El Cajon and Rancho San Diego were chosen.
Miss El Cajon for 2011 is Savana Kalfayan, 18, a Valhalla High School student. Miss Teen El Cajon is Katie Hudgins, 16, a student at Grossmont High School. Natalie Potesan, 20, a Grossmont College student, was crowned Miss Rancho San Diego 2011, while MacKenzie Manns, 14, a student at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace, was named Miss Teen Rancho San Diego.
March 25, 2011 (San Diego) – Many San Diegans are unaware that the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit is an all-volunteer unit.
To learn skills needed for rescuing people who may become trapped in rugged terrain, 25 volunteers are undergoing training this weekend by rappelling down the side of a 70-foot-high tower at Stu Segall Productions in Kearny Mesa.
SAN DIEGO, CA – On Saturday, March 19, the Miss San Diego Pageant and Scholarship Association held the 2011 Miss San Diego Pageant at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. Thirty-five talented women ages 13-24 participated in a program that has been a San Diego tradition since the late 1920’s. Over $4,000.00 in scholarships were awarded.
Danamarie McNicoll Carter of La Mesa won the title of Miss San Diego’s Outstanding Teen 2011. She is a former Miss Teen La Mesa and a student at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace. She wowed the judges with piano performance which accounted for 35% of the overall score.
"You may remember that when the City of San Diego experienced the devastating wildfires in 2007, the citizens of Yokohama donated over one million yen to the Wildfire Disaster Relief Fund." -- Harry Bishop, San Diego-Yokohama Sister City Society
March 21, 2011 (San Diego) – Victims of the 2007 wildfires our region received help from San Diego's sister city, Yokahama Japan. Now, some local residents are seeking to give back to Japanese people in need. The San Diego-Yokohama Sister City Society is establishing a disaster relief fund for victims of the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
“We are asking everyone to join us to help those who lost loved ones, homes, and communities to this disaster,” Harry Bishop told East County Magazine.
Rescued dogs now trained to rescue people
March 15, 2011 (San Diego) –Twelve search dog teams, including six from California and six from Virginia, are now on the ground in Japan searching for survivors. “It’s a very warm story. These were all shelter dogs,” Janet Reineck of the National Search Dog Foundation in Ojai, California, told East County Magazine.
Now the rescued dogs help rescue humans following some of the most devastating disasters in history.
By Jeremy Los
March 12, 2011 (San Diego) -- The massive 9.1 earthquake-fourth worst in recorded history--and subsequent tsunami in Japan Friday has left the world reeling. More than 1,300 are dead, Modern Tokyo Times reports, and 88,000 missing according to Business News. Today, 150,000 have been evacuated due to emergencies at nuclear reactors.
The effects of these disasters are being felt around the world—including locally. Now some arelooking to extend a helping hand. The relief effort following the tsunami will be a massive undertaking, and donations are urgently sought.
U.S. Forces Japan reports all service personnel are safe
March 12, 2011 (San Diego) – An estimated 88,000 people remain missing after a powerful 9.1 earthquake (upgraded from 8.9) and tsunami struck Japan on Friday, multiple news agencies report. Many may be stranded or without communication due to widespread power outages. Here are tips on locating lost friends and loved ones in Japan, provided by the Japanese-American Society of San Diego.
Google has created a Google Person Finder website. You can type in the name of the person you are looking for to see if they’ve been listed as safe, or list someone you’ve heard from. Google’s site says the Person Finder is now tracking over 69,000 records.
More ways to search:
Safe Start Conference to Take Place March 18
March 7, 2011 (San Diego)--Given that a high number of domestic violence victims are children, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) and its many partners are sponsoring the Safe Start San Diego 2011 Conference. The event, titled “Working with Children and Families Impacted by Violence”, will take place Friday, March 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Marina Village Conference Center, 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego.
The conference is free and designed for professionals from any organization that serves children, youth and families; however, the general public is also welcome.
February 28, 2011 (Lemon Grove) -- Rosemary Putnam, Lemon Grove outstanding humanitarian and volunteer, was recently presented the Paul Harris Award by the Rotary Club of Lemon Grove for her community service as Lemon Grove's Peacemaker of the Year. The Paul Harris Award represents a donation of $1000 given by Lemon Grove Rotary to the Foundation of Rotary International in the name of Rosemary Putnam.
February 19, 2011 (Lakeside) -- The American Cancer Society is holding a meeting to begin organizing the second annual Relay for Life in Lakeside on February 28, 2011.
The public is invited to learn about opportunities for participation, pick up Relay for Life materials, and learn about the American Cancer Society’s programs and services.
By Miriam Raftery
“We want you to have a good start in America, and for the rest of your lives.” – Dory Beatrice, president of La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club, speaking to Somali women at Project Refuge
February 17, 2011 (San Diego) – Dory Beatrice felt shocked to learn that people who fled persecution and have been granted asylum in America are being released on the streets of San Diego with no funds, no information on resources, and no place to go.
So she worked with local Rotary chapters to raise funds and open Project Refuge, a transitional housing program in partnership with Somali Family Services that now assists asylees who have no family or friends here to help them.
By Jeremy Los
February 12, 2011 (El Cajon)--On Monday, February 14, the El Cajon Citizen of the Year Committee will host its annual “Citizen of the Year” luncheon with the San Diego-East County Chamber of Commerce. This year, the committee will honor charitable auctioneer Steve Hamann as the El Cajon Citizen of the Year.
February 11, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Following a traditional Mardi Gras pancake meal at 5:15 p.m., Copper Creek Band will perform, 7 p.m. on March 2 at the Community Center of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 8650 Lake Murray Blvd., La Mesa.
February 11, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The City is currently looking for a youth representative to serve on the Environmental Sustainability Commission. Applicants must live within the city limits of La Mesa and may not be more than 21 years of age. Applications may be obtained by accessing the City of La Mesa website, www.cityoflamesa.com or from the City Clerk’s office in La Mesa City Hall, 8130 Allison Avenue, during normal business hours.
2 EAST COUNTY WOMEN AMONG 5 TO BE INDUCTED INTO SAN DIEGO COUNTY WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME MARCH 12 AT SDSU
Honorees include Clara Harris of Lemon Grove and the late Midge Costanza with SDSU
February 1, 2011 (San Diego) – The San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame will host its 10th annual induction ceremony on March 12th from 5-9 p.m. at San Diegio State University’s Alumni Center. This year’s inductees include Lemon Grove resident Clara Harris. Other honorees include the late Midge Costanza, Judy Forman, Matha Longenecker, and Rita Sanchez. Reservations for the awards dinner must be made by March 1st.
January 31, 2011 (Santee) – Two-year-old Ethan Miller, son of Darren and Christie Miller in Santee, has neuroblastoma cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy. A charity golf event will be held on Thursday, April 7th at Cottonwood Golf Course in Rancho San Diego to benefit Ethan Miller and his family.
Former dancer draws inspiration from La Jolla woman who created a written sign language, inspiring a global movement
January 30, 2011 (Poway) –Ballerinas Nancy Romero and Valerie Sutton met during their dancing careers—and soon turned their creative energies to helping deaf people read in sign language. “It happened by accident,” recalls Romero, a Poway resident who recently completed writing The Gospel According to John in American Sign Language (ASL).
By Miriam Raftery
January 29, 2011 (Alpine) -- Elected officials, tribal leaders, community members and veterans turned out this morning at a “Labor of Love” event to break ground for Alpine’s Wall of Honor.
Viejas tribal chairman Anthony Pico spoke movingly about his own military service in the Army and his memories of visiting the Viet Nam memorial in Washington D.C., where 13 of his friends’ names are inscribed. “For every friend who has fallen, there is someone who will remember them,” he said, expressing sorrow that his fallen comrades could not live into the autumn of their lives but instead, sacrificed their futures for our country. “They stayed forever young in my mind,” he said.
By Betty McMillen
January 26, 2011 (Lakeside)--Recently the Cub Scout pack #3 from Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Catholic School donated 20 bird nesting boxes to the Lakeside River Park Conservancy. The boys had built the boxes at their meetings with the help of their dads. While they were building , the scouts also learned about conservancy and animal habitat.
By Ron Logan
January 24, 2011 (Mt. Helix) – More than a year has passed since a massive earthquake leveled Haiti. While much of the country remains in shambles, there is one East County resident who has made a positive difference to the people of her homeland. That person is Dr. Carolle Jean-Murat.
When asked why she has given so much of herself to the people of Haiti, Murat replied, “My mother told me ‘To whom much is given, much is expected.’ So, I am doing this, just because.”
Donations of cash, food also sought by rescue volunteers
January 19, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Nine-year-old Makena Sacks of Blossom Valley volunteers with her mother, Cate Sacks, to train dogs rescued from shelters. Now Makena asks help from ECM readers to save cats slated to be destroyed.
“I am hoping that I can save them but there are so many,” she writes. “The people at the shelter are putting cats down starting today, I need help taking these cats.”
January 19, 2011 (San Diego) – The San Diego Police Department and STAR/PAL invite the public to attend the 2011 Chief’s Challenge Indoor Triathlon on Saturday, January 22nd. Officers from SDPD and other local agencies will put their athletic ability to the test to help raise money to support underserved youth in our community. Proceeds will directly benefit inner-city youth who take part in STAR/PAL programs.
January 17, 2011 (Sacramento)--California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom issued the following statement commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, urging all Californians to participate in local communities through public service. To find a service project in your community, visit: www.californiavolunteers.org.
“Our nation has made great progress, guided by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of advancing social justice and opportunity for all," said Newsom, "but I recognize that there is still work to be done."
By Billy Ortiz and Miriam Raftery
Photos by Billy Ortiz
Videos by Billy Ortiz and Ron Cook
January 10, 2011(Lakeside) –You could hear the rumble of big bikes for miles around yesterday in Lakeside, where the Saddle Tramps motorcycle club assembled a ride with other clubs from as far away as Phoenix, Arizona. The event was held to benefit Izaiah Wallis and his family. Izaiah, an Oceanside toddler, who was struck along with his grandfather, Abraham Verde, by a teen drunk driver on October 18th at 9 a.m. Yesterday's event raised $6,000 to help Izaiah and his family.